In the ’60s, Bernd and Hilla Becher launched a revolution in art photography. The German couple, fascinated by building design, made images of basic architectural shapes from a straightforward, neutral point of view. This “objective” approach to photography became known as the Dusseldorf School, and it influenced an entire generation of artists, including the American landscape photographers who showed in a seminal 1975 exhibit called New Topographics.
Pedro de Passos, a photographer from Portugal, is a contemporary acolyte of the Dusseldorf School. In his series Essential Forms, which we spotted on OEN, de Passos gathers images of building forms and shapes, presented in a pure, nearly abstract manner.
“My work is produced through a trial look at spaces that result from the intersection and overlap of a natural and artificial order,” he writes. “It arises through an ambulatory process in the city on a daily basis and is more connected to architecture, but also in the most simple light or element in a private location.”
You can find more beautiful, minimal photos from de Passos on Flickr.